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    #1

    Are we done yet?

    Are we done yet? -> what does this mean??

    Have you met my husband yet? Vs Have you met my husband already? --> what is the difference between these two sentences?

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    Re: Are we done yet?

    Dear Flyby:

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyby View Post
    Are we done yet? -> what does this mean??
    Are we finished yet? (Have we completed whatever activity we were engaged in?)

    Have you met my husband yet? Vs Have you met my husband already? --> what is the difference between these two sentences?

    At a party:

    A: [addressing a colleague from work] Hello, Susan. Have you met my husband yet? [Have you been introduced to my husband?]
    B: No, I haven't had the pleasure. Pleased to meet you.
    How do you do?

    or

    A: [addressing a colleague who is chatting in a group of people, one of whom is her husband] Hello, Susan. Have you met my husband already?
    B: Yes, Margaret introduced us a few minutes ago.

    The difference is that 'yet' contains an implication of a future event, while 'already' implies or anticipates an action begun or completed in the past. So, one can also imagine this conversation:

    A: Have you met my husband yet?
    B: Yes, I've already met him. Margaret introduced us.

    'A' could also ask, 'Have you already met my husband?'
    and 'B' could reply, 'No, I haven't met him yet.'
    Another possible usage: 'No, I have yet to meet him.'

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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    Post Re: Are we done yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyby View Post
    Are we done yet? -> what does this mean??

    Have you met my husband yet? Vs Have you met my husband already? --> what is the difference between these two sentences?
    Are we done yet? = [asking for information] Have we finished (doing something) yet?

    Have you met my husband yet? = [asking for information; a typical question about whether or not your interlocutor has had any chance of meeting your husband; you don't know the answer].

    Have you met my husband already? = [asking for confirmation; a question of surprise - you may know your interlocutor has met your husband, and you are surprised by that].

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